Inherited a revolver


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RainDownmyBlues
September 15, 2008, 03:40 PM
So I recently inherited a .22 rimfire revolver from my dad along with an old Marlin 60 .22 rifle.

He doesn't shoot anymore and knew I owned a few guns and thought I'd put them to better use. I know about the marlin, and have put tons of ammo through it in the past. However, I have no clue about this H&R 626 revolver. If anyone has any info on it, or otherwise I would be very grateful.

On the barrel is:
"Model 676
.22 Cal
Made in U.S.A"

Frame:
"H&R Inc. Gardner Mass U.S.A"

Cylinder:
".22 W.M.F.R Only."

I have another cylinder that is a .22LR I think, but I've never heard of a W.M.F.R round. Inform me. And any history on the pistol and make. Thanks buddies! :)

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csmkersh
September 15, 2008, 04:00 PM
That a .22 Magnum cylinder. Can be swapped with the other one for regular .22 LR. Enjoy.

rcmodel
September 15, 2008, 04:04 PM
It should say W.M.R.F., not W.M.F.R.

(Winchester Magnum Rim-fire. IE: .22 Mag.)

The Harrington & Richardson Model 676 was made from 1979 to 1982.

Value in Excellent condition is probably about $175-$200 with both cylinders.

rcmodel

RainDownmyBlues
September 15, 2008, 04:19 PM
Ha yeah, it is W.M.R.F sorry. What are the pros/cons of a magnum cartridge in such a small caliber? And I'm not looking to sell it, I just like knowing what I have :)

rcmodel
September 15, 2008, 04:22 PM
The .22 Mag is more powerful, much louder, and costs about four times as much.

Use the .22 RF cylinder for cheap plinking & practice, and the .22 Mag to impress your friends! :D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.22_WMR

rcmodel

mgkdrgn
September 15, 2008, 05:18 PM
Ha yeah, it is W.M.R.F sorry. What are the pros/cons of a magnum cartridge in such a small caliber? And I'm not looking to sell it, I just like knowing what I have :)

IMHO, 22 mag is a -very- under-rated round, particularly in a pistol. Get a box and try firing it through some boards and you'll see what I mean.

Think "noisy cricket".

Oh, and PICTURES PLEASE! :-)

lee n. field
September 15, 2008, 05:44 PM
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RainDownmyBlues
September 15, 2008, 06:01 PM
I'll get some up later tonight, gotta run about for a bit. Have to wait till the weekend to shoot it though :(

Jim March
September 15, 2008, 11:36 PM
H&R rimfires are also under-rated. They tend to be decent, functional guns with very effective safeties (won't go boom if dropped fully loaded - go study the term "transfer bar" where revolvers are concerned).

A double-cylinder model like this is particularly slick. Good gun.

ArchAngelCD
September 16, 2008, 04:30 AM
I bought a H&R M949 a few months back and I'm very happy with it. It's a 5.5" 9 round .22LR revolver that looks just a SA "old west" revolver even though it's really a DA/SA revolver. It's tons of fun and I'm sure you will have just as much fun with yours!!
C'mon, don't hold out, where's the pictures??? LOL

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o26/ArchAngelCD/HR949-1.jpg

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o26/ArchAngelCD/HR949-3.jpg

RainDownmyBlues
September 16, 2008, 10:42 AM
Had to use the phone on my camera, can't find the Nikon :what: So that's not good.

The fame could use a REAAALLLY good cleaning up, the barrel however looks pretty good on the outside, and the bore and rifling looks perfect. Weird me thinks. EDIT: And anyone got any ideas on how to clean it up? Do i have to sand it down I bet? It's mostly the blueing looks like CRAP on the frame. The surface rust is confined to the hammer.

I fired a few cylinders through about an hour ago after my breakfast and it worked well. Didn't set up a target so much as a tree so I can't vouch for sheer accuracy, but I hit the tree everytime from about 25 feet so I figure if someone comes a stealin' and I can't find anything else, I'll use my girlfriend as a shield and put a couple of tiny ass holes in him :evil:

mgkdrgn
September 16, 2008, 11:40 AM
22 mag might make a "tiny ass hole", but it's going to go deep and may well tumble inside. It's going to do a lot more damage than you think for it's size. It likely will not exit, so it's going to expend ALL it's energy inside.

There was a video posting here about how to clean up a gun like this. I'll see if I can find it while I'm reading today and repost the link here. DON'T just start scratching away at it with sandpaper!

Here is the link from the other thread

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/GunTech/NewsletterArchive.aspx?x=v&p=0&t=1&i=901

rcmodel
September 16, 2008, 12:28 PM
Your H&R frame has a fake "color case" finish. It is supposed to look all mottled and different colors like a Colt SAA.

Be warned that it is only a delicate surface finish.
So, any scrubbing you do on it will remove it.

I'd just wipe it with a soft clean patch & gun oil & call it good.

rcmodel

Sport45
September 18, 2008, 12:10 AM
Do i have to sand it down I bet?

No! Sandpaper and firearms generaly don't go well together. As rcmodel suggested just clean it up and enjoy it. Your goal should be to stop any corrosion from progressing. you really can't reverse its effects.

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